There are various applications of wood for different need and requests. People classify the wood by its properties and price. British scholar H.J.Elwis proposed the top 5 plants of Taiwan in the wake of top 5 plants of Japan. That’s the origin of Top 5 plants in Taiwan.
Since top 5 plants of Taiwan are all conifers, scholars proposed to select top 5 broadleaves against top 5 plants.
But there are so many broadleaves species available in Taiwan, and a coincident standard is hard to achieve. So we don’t have selected top 5 broadleaves available. In this research, professionals voted from 8 representative species selected by Forestry Research Institute.
The top 5 in the voting are: Taiwan zelkova (Zelkova formosana), Formosan Michelia (Michelia compressa), Stout Camphor (Cinnamomum micranthum), Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora), Taiwan Sassafras (Sassafras randaiense). That’s the origin of Top 5 Broadleaves of Taiwan.